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I'm really confused as to why does it matter where a child is on the growth curve if they are developmentally fine?
My 7 month old keeps dropping on the growth curve - started at around 80% and as of yesterday was at 20%. So we go back in another month to weigh her again. But why? She's developmentally right on target and even advanced in some areas. She's active as all get out and just started army crawling and can roll all over the room and sit on her own like a champ and babbles and laughs and everything a 7 month old should do. She just doesn't eat as much as other babies. But why does it matter? That's what I don't get? Obviously I want her to be as healthy as possible, but I just don't see an unhealthy baby when I look at her. So what does it matter where she is on the growth curve?
Those of you with kids that aren't even on the growth curve anymore - is there anything that happens medically to them when this happens? Do you have kids that are fine developmentally, but just not on the growth curve or does something happen when they fall off it? Are they more likely to get colds? Do certain organs fail because of the low weight?
I'm just trying to grasp why the doc is so concerned about this. I'm freaking out worried since she is worried, but in the back of my mind I don't understand at all why we are both worried! If that makes any sense...
<span style="font-family:Comic Sans MS">Xty</span>
i do think it's possible that low to no weight gain could effect your child in other ways. one thing that i was always told to be reassured by is that brandon's head growth was consistantly on the curve which meant that his brain was growing. also falling off the chart or down the chart can be indicative of other health issues. i am happy we went thru with all the testing and appts with specialists, looking back now i'll never have to wonder if there was a larger issue we were missing. i have been where you are, questioning everything...all the concern. likely your child will grow out of it but i always try to look on the positive side and be glad that test all come back fine and know that i just have a picky eater.
For the past year I've thought my daughter was just small. It wasn't until recently that I realized how small she was and all the healthy issues she might have because of it. I DO think some children are just small and have no issues, but I think it's better to make sure thats the case.
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
Well, we went through tons of tests when she was hospitalized for a week at 5 weeks old. Everything came back negative. Since then there's been no mention of any other tests. At three months they decided she was going up and down on the growth curve but was mostly around 50% so we stopped weighing her. Then at her normal 6 month appt she was 25% so we had to go back at 7 months (this week) and she's 20%. There's been no mention that other tests will need to be done. My husband and I are both super thin and were underweight as children. I think it's just her genetics. I just checked and I'm 5% and my hubby is 25% for weight right now. So I think she's just not meant to be 80% where she started. So we go back again in a month and I assume she'll be down more and then go back in another month and so on. I'm just confused as to where this is heading.
You both say there are health issues they can catch. What are they? What are the possible health issues that could be causing this? She's already been screened for CF, had an upper GI, blood tests, chest x-rays, heart ultrasound, EKG, etc when she was 5 weeks. They've found nothing. So what else could be lurking out there and causing this?
I guess my main overall question is this:
Is there anyone on here that had a FTT child (or who has heard of one) and he/she seemed developmentally fine and they later found out there was something medically wrong? If so, what?
<span style="font-family:Comic Sans MS">Xty</span>
I used to think like you did... That Caeden was just small, but still "thriving" for all intents and purposes. I was wrong though. At 13 months he started actually LOSING weight, instead of just gaining slowly, and so things kinda got kicked into high gear, and some tests were run. We found out he has a kidney condition called Renal Tubular Acidosis.
It is possible your daughter is just genetically going to be small. But i think a lot of times it's better to be safe than sorry, you know? If you can rule everything else out, then at least you can have some peace of mind about her size.
As for the lower weight (though right now since your daughter is still on the chart, i wouldn't worry too much yet) it can cause some other issues... I know my doctor is always extremely worried about Caeden getting sick because frankly, he has nothing to lose, and a small illness could turn more severe quite quickly. I also know eventually it CAN sometimes stunt their development. There's also worries about malnutrition, not enough of certain vitamins, etc...
I know it's a pain, but i think watching her closely is worth it so hopefully you CAN catch it if anything pops up. Doesn't mean it will though, and i absolutely hope that's the case...
I struggle with this too. My daughter was tested for everything, and everything came back fine. She fell completely off the weight chart, but developmentally was/is through the roof. I think all of these tests are a "better safe than sorry" kind of thing. I would have hated to miss something just because she seemed fine.
Honestly though, she really wasn't eating enough calories. I'm glad we've put in all this effort to have her gain, because if she wasn't getting enough calories, eventually her height might have been stunted, and it could have affected brain development. We took care of it in time, and she is back on the charts. Extremely low, but she's there. We're not concerned anymore, really, and we can rest assured that she is "just small" at this point. Had there been no alarm over things earlier, though, I might not have paid as much attention to her weight gain as I should have.
Rosalie, Mommy to Anna (05/06) and Thomas (10/08)